Chris Soules was spared elimination on Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” despite having the lowest judges’ score the previous week. And it wasn’t just the lowest score of the night. It was the lowest score of the season so far (21 out of 40) and a full five points behind the next lowest contestant (Charlotte McKinney, who had 26).
McKinney was sent home instead, but that didn’t actually surprise our Users (myself included), who had predicted that result. So how did we know viewers would save their Soules?
Well, it’s because sex sells, albeit not equally to all buyers. At the Oscars, where the voters are mostly older straight men, we call it the Babe Factor: attractive young women have a distinct advantage in acting races there. On “Dancing with the Stars,” however, the target audience is different, so while supermodel McKinney can certainly be considered a “babe,” she was no match for “Bachelor” heartthrob Soules and the Hunk Factor.
All things being equal, it’s smart to bet on desirable men against women. Heck, even when things are unequal, as they were on Monday night when McKinney got the boot, you should still probably bet on the hunk. That certainly worked for the six Users who answered all three of Monday night’s questions correctly, and it could work for you too. If you think you know who will get the high and low score and who will be eliminated next Monday night, click here to make your predictions. Best predictions score wins a $100 Amazon gift certificate (Make sure to read our contest rules).
The Hunk Factor doesn’t just apply to the celebs. While four of the last five mirror ball trophy champs have been female stars – and the fifth, last season’s Alfonso Ribeiro, wasn’t known for showing off his physique – their pro partners certainly fit the bill: Tony Dovolani (with Melissa Rycroft in season 15), Derek Hough twice (with Kellie Pickler in season 16 and Amber Riley in season 17) and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (with Meryl Davis in season 18).
The frequently shirtless Hough is the most successful pro dancer in “DWTS” history with five wins, and while one mustn’t downplay the value of his Emmy-winning choreography, his good looks have undoubtedly played a part in his popularity with viewers.
But it’s certainly not foolproof. Actor and model Antonio Sabato Jr. couldn’t rely on his looks to compensate for his awkward footwork; he finished eighth in season 19. And chiseled actor and singer James Maslow failed to crack the top three in season 18 despite frequently flaunting his abs.
This week’s bottom three scorers were singer Patti LaBelle (22), football player Michael Sam (24) and actress Suzanne Somers (25). Judging by our current odds, the trend of viewers protecting handsome gents will continue. LaBelle is the likeliest to be eliminated with 17/10 odds, followed by Somers with 10/3 odds. Hunky Sam is a distant third with 8/1 odds of going home, so our predictors think he’s relatively safe.
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